About us


Our core business is to provide high-quality airborne systems for maritime surveillance. These solutions are based on our mission management system MEDUSA® as well as on own airborne sensors and third-party mission equipment.

We benefit from a strong background in embedding existing and new subsystems into a tailor-made MEDUSA® configuration. More than 30 of our MEDUSA® systems for airborne maritime surveillance were delivered to operators all over the world.

Further, we have an in-house production of unique airborne sensors for oil spill detection and monitoring. Our portfolio includes active and passive remote sensors operating from microwave to ultraviolet wavelengths. OPTIMARE is a unique and leading provider in this business area.


OPTIMARE was founded in 1992 as OPTIMARE GmbH. The primary goal of the company was to equip aircraft with sensor systems for remote sensing of marine pollution. Shortly after, the company has strongly expanded its activities and has transferred its expertise also to new applications, as for example underwater systems and polar survey aircraft.

As from 01 March 2013 OPTIMARE operates as OPTIMARE Systems GmbH. This company is a 100% affiliated company of the Aerodata Group. This notable step lead to a unique key solution provider for the airborne maritime surveillance business, combining aircraft conversion, mission systems and a range of own remote sensors from one source. Especially OPTIMARE’s active and passive remote sensing technology for the detection of marine oil pollution is a unique asset. Presently, numerous aircraft on the international market are equipped with OPTIMARE technology.


OPTIMARE covers a wide variety of expertise in optics, electronics, mechanics, software development through a team of highly qualified engineers and technicians. Its facilities at the technology center Bremerhaven provides modern laboratories, offices and workshops. Further, OPTIMARE holds various certifications ensuring a high level of quality in design and production.

Integrated system solutions and sensors for maritime missions